Since launch, the stickers became quite popular on one the largest messaging platform in India, especially during the festival of Diwali in th country. Following the roll out, several apps that let users create their own stickers as well as apps for sticker packs in regional language or more related apps popped up on App Store as well as App Store. Now, it looks like Apple is deleting such apps. An official statement from the company is awaited.
According to WABetaInfo, the Twitter handle that keeps a track of changes in beta versions, Apple is deleting all WhatsApp Stickers apps from the App Store. Apple has given 3 reasons saying that the apps are violating their guidelines.
They don’t want a lot of apps doing the same thing, so they won’t approve other submissions. https://t.co/5q9R8H3iio
— WABetaInfo (@WABetaInfo) November 18, 2018
Firstly, there are too many apps with similar behavior. Secondly, to use WhatsApp Sticker apps, you’ll need to install WhatsApp. According to Apple, an app should not require another app to function. Lastly, all these apps have the same design. As Apple doesn’t want a lot of apps to do the same thing, it won’t approve any other submissions as well.
Telegram, the sticker feature is available on the same platform, and there is no need to install another app, just to get stickers support. WhatsApp should have integrated such feature. On Android, the Play Store is currently flooded with a ton of sticker apps.